A system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters. Compare with kana.
- With tens of thousands of Japanese characters - or kanji, based on Chinese ideograms - to choose from, the possibilities would seem limitless.
- Japanese features three reading systems: hiragana, katakana and kanji.
- Written Japanese consists of three types of characters: kanji, hiragana, and katakana.
Japanese, from kan 'Chinese' + ji 'character'.
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